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In A Heartbeat Animated Short
Published at 1 Aug 2017

Still from animated short In A Heartbeat

The heartwarming animated short film In a Heartbeat is reminding us Love is Love and giving us all the feels.

Uploaded to YouTube on Monday by filmmakers Beth David and Esteban Bravo, In a Heartbeat is a charming tale of teenage love that has quickly gone viral.

The animated short, produced at Ringling College of Art and Design, follows a young man who fears being outed when his heart takes matters into its own hands and pops out of his chest to chase after his crush.

Feeling akin to the Disney Animation Studios’ romantic short Paperman, the short film crafts palpable yearning and a sweetly satisfying conclusion in its brief and silent four minutes, allowing those watching to drawer their own conclusions. 

In a heartbeat still two.

The project is buoyed by a charming score from Arturo Cardelús.

With its tale of an LGBT crush, the film does much for inclusion, an area where major studios, and particularly animated films, often fall short. Its inclusivity and sweet tone instantly resonated with viewers, prompting a range of responses on social media and inspiring fan art.

The Human Rights Campaign even tweeted a link to the short and encouraged followers to watch, saying, “We can all relate to this.”

The creators told HuffPost that they wanted to help people understand what it’s like to be a closeted teenager struggling with new feelings.

“Hopefully, it’ll resonate with those who identify with this character – and for those who don’t, we hope they’ll gain an understanding for people who go through this experience.”

Watch the film here: